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    Rainy day after rainy day. So, if I can't ride the bike, I can tinker with it. I decided to do a little rerouting of the cables. The build from Adrenaline included a kind of odd "S" curve for the derailleur cables that allowed them to run parallel to the downtube. By crossing the cables beneath the downtube I was able to eliminate the "S" and create a more natural bend. I was also able to swap out the stock black SRAM cable housing for some white Jagwire housing I had on hand and get a bit more white into the overall color scheme.

    The only negative was that I lost the bar tape in the process. The adhesive backing ripped the tape as I removed it. It's a shame because I really liked the feel of the tape. Oh well... omelettes and eggs I suppose.
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    Finally, a decent stretch of weather and I was able to get in a 50 miler today. Rerouting the cables seems to have made the shifting smoother, but then I might have done that inadvertently when I set up the derailleurs. By the end, I was glad to have the 12-32 in back. The end of the ride included a nasty little kicker so it was nice to be able to bail out and spin.

    I've also been looking for some other white bits to help balance out the look of the bike. I'm not there yet, but it's a work in progress.
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    I think I've finally got the look and feel of the bike the way I want it.

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    I had the Bontrager stem from a previous build. The white helps to tie in the white of the Apex components and the high rise fits my odd measurements. I found a white seat post from Soma to balance it out.

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    A close-up of the new cable routing.

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    The bag is actually a motorcycle bar bag that I picked up at a leather shop for $15. Yeah, it's huge, but I'm a packrat, especially on longer rides.

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    I picked up a bar end mirror but had to do some modification due to my wide body. Now I can see the road rather than just myself.

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    The problem is the bike just feels "right". It's not too stiff. It doesn't flex too much. It absorbs but doesn't feel dead.

    It's a bit of a "Goldilocks" problem. Not too hot, not too cold... just right.

    But how do you adequately express that in a comprehensive review? I haven't figured that out, yet. So, here's a picture...
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    I really like the white component look, if they had the white components when I got my Peloton I would have gone that route too, instead I went with all silver trying to be different from the all black stuff I see all the time. Too bad SRAM didn't make a white front derailleur, I would be half inclined to tape off the Sram words and the inside facings of the derailleur and paint it a glossy white to match the rear!

    I am thinking of going with white bottle holders and a white pump though instead of silver. I already have white handlebar tape but black hoods and a white seat and white cabling.

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    Since I'm relegated to the rollers indoors, I thought I'd try to find some more white bits for the Peloton. I swapped out the Velocity Deep Vs I had on my commuter. I had wanted a wider bar, so I picked up a 46cm Deda RHM01 in white as well, though you can't really see it in the picture. VP 069 pedals in white. Timbuk2 seat bag in white as well.

    I don't think I'll be changing saddle and bar tape to white and changing the fork just to get a different color seems a little excessive. So, this is how it's going to look for a while.
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    Yep. Still looks the same.

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    Still performing flawlessly, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    and changing the fork just to get a different color seems a little excessive.
    First off, cool thread. I missed it back then. I'm in the process of getting a steel frame that I choose everything else for from a local shop so can kind of relate.

    Regarding the fork. Yes changing for color seems pointless when you consider you could get a pro paint job for much less (I think).....but it might be worth it for tire clearance.

    I have to wonder if you got the right fork to begin with? You mentioned Lynsky said the bike easily fits 28mm tires but assuming the picture is an accurate image of reality that clearly isn't the case unless those tires are way oversized. So gotta wonder if that's the fork that's intended for that bike because I can't image them thinking they'd get away with saying it easily fits 28mm when that so clearly isn't true.

    Edit: I googled Jack Brown tires and only see them available in 33.3mm. Perhaps you don't actually have 28mm tires and that's why it's so tight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    First off, cool thread. I missed it back then. I'm in the process of getting a steel frame that I choose everything else for from a local shop so can kind of relate.

    Regarding the fork. Yes changing for color seems pointless when you consider you could get a pro paint job for much less (I think).....but it might be worth it for tire clearance.

    I have to wonder if you got the right fork to begin with? You mentioned Lynsky said the bike easily fits 28mm tires but assuming the picture is an accurate image of reality that clearly isn't the case unless those tires are way oversized. So gotta wonder if that's the fork that's intended for that bike because I can't image them thinking they'd get away with saying it easily fits 28mm when that so clearly isn't true.

    Edit: I googled Jack Brown tires and only see them available in 33.3mm. Perhaps you don't actually have 28mm tires and that's why it's so tight?
    I wondered that, too, but I know it's the Lynskey Sport carbon fork on the bike which I think was an option if I had bought the full build from Lynskey. I could be wrong, though. Maybe they're assuming an ENVE fork option.

    The tires in the picture are actually Panaracer Ruffy Tuffys and they're labeled 28s. I haven't put calipers to them to get an actual width, though.

    The rims might be an issue. I'm running Velocity Deep Vs. Maybe a slightly wider rim would spread the tire out a bit more and give a little more clearance? Even so, though, I don't think 28s would ever be comfortable.

    I see now that the new sport options on the Lynskey site lists 25 for the tire size.
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    The tight tolerance of the Ruffy Tuffys got me thinking 25s might be a better option long-term.



    So I decided to go crazy/stupid and try a set of ThickSlick 25s in "white". I say "white" because they were white online when I ordered them. They were white in the box when they arrived. They stayed white when I mounted them. By the end of the driveway, though... they were "white" the way the Apex brake hoods are "white". By the end of the first ride on sloppy snow melt roads it was clear they would never be white again. But I figure everything looks fine when its rolling.

    Anywho, the clearance for the forks is much better.
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    Wondered if the white tires and white rims might cancel each other out. I had a set of H. Plus Sons Archetypes in black. I think I might like it better.




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    I'm not one for white tape, saddles or hoods, but white rubber on black rims look good.

    I've not had any of the issues of decals peeling on my sportive, but maybe they bond better on the unbrushed/satin frame I have vs the more polished frames.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kjdhawkhill View Post
    I'm not one for white tape, saddles or hoods, but white rubber on black rims look good.

    I've not had any of the issues of decals peeling on my sportive, but maybe they bond better on the unbrushed/satin frame I have vs the more polished frames.


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    It's odd with the decals. They aren't peeling, they're cracking. It's like the material is somehow brittle. It cracks and then starts to flake off over time. I'm about to take a ScotchBrite to it all and let the head badge do the talking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    It's odd with the decals. They aren't peeling, they're cracking. It's like the material is somehow brittle. It cracks and then starts to flake off over time. I'm about to take a ScotchBrite to it all and let the head badge do the talking.


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    That is odd. I'd ride it until I couldn't stand it. But I also appreciate patina and honorably earned scratches and scars. So that could be a while.


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    That's the nice thing about decals. When they flake off, just strip them all off and go naked. Nice and clean. I'm pretty much stuck with 3D decals on my r240. Oh well.

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    Pumpkin spice...





    The pedals took a while to find. Now I need some orange spacers and a seat post clamp.

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    It's the little things. Now, if only Brooks made a B-17 in orange... Maybe Honey Brown is orange enough?

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    Nice! Bitex makes white hubs (RAR12) that would go well with your color scheme. Cheap and reliable.
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    After a particularly humid ride, I returned home to discover that I had, literally sweated through my saddle. The honey brown B-17 looked like dark brown. It returned mostly to its old color once it dried, but it got me thinking about something a little more water resistant. So, I decided to try a Brooks Cambium. I ordered a C-19 in Natural.



    It promises to need no adjustments nor breaking in and to be waterproof. Weíll see.

    Otherwise, the Peloton continues to be remarkably unremarkable. Itís just a beautifully smooth and comfortable bike every time I ride.
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    I have a little over 2000 miles on the Peloton now and the core of the bike is still flawless.

    Unfortunately, the Stronglight chainring developed a bend in it. I bent it back, but after a few rides, it bent again, so it was time for something new. Given the relatively flat roads I ride, I find myself mostly either in the small ring and the bottom of the cassette, or the big ring nearer the top of the cassette. And with the New Albion build, Iíve been enjoying the simplicity of the 1X. Sooo, I took the opportunity to lose the front derailleur and cable, install a 40t steel single ring up front, and make the Peloton a 1X10.



    The first shakeout ride today went well. It is quiet and smooth. It still has all the gears I need and the 40t ring was right in the middle of the 46/34 I had on there previously.

    An update on the Brooks saddle... I wouldnít recommend it. Despite the claim of being waterproof, the fabric coating stains. The fact that thereís no break-in period also means the saddle doesnít conform like leather does. So, if itís uncomfortable, it will stay uncomfortable. Iíve found that different clothing (chamois thickness) makes a big difference. I sold the honey brown B-17 and now Iím regretting that decision. Oh well, live and learn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    I have a little over 2000 miles on the Peloton now and the core of the bike is still flawless.

    Unfortunately, the Stronglight chainring developed a bend in it. I bent it back, but after a few rides, it bent again, so it was time for something new. Given the relatively flat roads I ride, I find myself mostly either in the small ring and the bottom of the cassette, or the big ring nearer the top of the cassette. And with the New Albion build, Iíve been enjoying the simplicity of the 1X. Sooo, I took the opportunity to lose the front derailleur and cable, install a 40t steel single ring up front, and make the Peloton a 1X10.



    The first shakeout ride today went well. It is quiet and smooth. It still has all the gears I need and the 40t ring was right in the middle of the 46/34 I had on there previously.

    An update on the Brooks saddle... I wouldnít recommend it. Despite the claim of being waterproof, the fabric coating stains. The fact that thereís no break-in period also means the saddle doesnít conform like leather does. So, if itís uncomfortable, it will stay uncomfortable. Iíve found that different clothing (chamois thickness) makes a big difference. I sold the honey brown B-17 and now Iím regretting that decision. Oh well, live and learn.


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    Hi Opus51569,

    I really enjoyed taking time and reading through this entire thread. Not even sure how I missed it all these years.

    First off, I love seeing how the bike has changed with you. The little details are great. On this current iteration, all the small touches, from the stem spacer coloring, to the pedals, to the seat bag, to the rear derailleur cable, it all is just sublime and screams about someone who takes care of their bikes (which is usually a good harbinger of how the approach life too )

    Secondly, I am amazed at how my Habanero Ti is setup exactly like yours, dimensions-wise, stem-wise and even seat wise. Only thing is, the Haby (a 2005) was/is significantly cheaper ti frame than a Lynsky, for good reason, because the Lynsky's beautiful welds, craftsmenship and finish are beautiful. That Haby is a functional, affordable Ti, but the Lynsky adds some lovely aspects. Anyhow, my Haby is all Ti, with burnt orange lettering. So, I look at your bike and I think, wow, that is what those color tires would like, or different rims (I built up some H Plus Sons, smoked grey color, rims with old, but still smooth Ulterga 9-10spd hubs).

    Third thing: can I ask a question about the Brooks? I've a B-17 sitting in the closet, brand new, beautiful tan color. Have yet to bring myself to put it on the Haby. Main reason: it rains something serious in Belgium, and I keep fearing despite taking care of the seat, that I'll ruin it. So, I've recently been wondering about the Brooks Cambrium---specifically the B-15. But that cover top Brooks put on those things. I know you mentioned yours faded, but can I ask: does that surface on your Cambrium cause any rubbing/chaffing present on your cycling shorts? It looks rough, like it would slowly eat away shorts material, especially for people (like me) where our cycling gait tracks close, in fact brushes, the seat tip thousands of times a ride.


    Thank you for any replies, and, once again, great bike. Your Lynskey and the details on it are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelgianHammer View Post
    Hi Opus51569,

    I really enjoyed taking time and reading through this entire thread. Not even sure how I missed it all these years.

    First off, I love seeing how the bike has changed with you. The little details are great. On this current iteration, all the small touches, from the stem spacer coloring, to the pedals, to the seat bag, to the rear derailleur cable, it all is just sublime and screams about someone who takes care of their bikes (which is usually a good harbinger of how the approach life too )

    Secondly, I am amazed at how my Habanero Ti is setup exactly like yours, dimensions-wise, stem-wise and even seat wise. Only thing is, the Haby (a 2005) was/is significantly cheaper ti frame than a Lynsky, for good reason, because the Lynsky's beautiful welds, craftsmenship and finish are beautiful. That Haby is a functional, affordable Ti, but the Lynsky adds some lovely aspects. Anyhow, my Haby is all Ti, with burnt orange lettering. So, I look at your bike and I think, wow, that is what those color tires would like, or different rims (I built up some H Plus Sons, smoked grey color, rims with old, but still smooth Ulterga 9-10spd hubs).

    Third thing: can I ask a question about the Brooks? I've a B-17 sitting in the closet, brand new, beautiful tan color. Have yet to bring myself to put it on the Haby. Main reason: it rains something serious in Belgium, and I keep fearing despite taking care of the seat, that I'll ruin it. So, I've recently been wondering about the Brooks Cambrium---specifically the B-15. But that cover top Brooks put on those things. I know you mentioned yours faded, but can I ask: does that surface on your Cambrium cause any rubbing/chaffing present on your cycling shorts? It looks rough, like it would slowly eat away shorts material, especially for people (like me) where our cycling gait tracks close, in fact brushes, the seat tip thousands of times a ride.


    Thank you for any replies, and, once again, great bike. Your Lynskey and the details on it are beautiful.
    Thanks, BelgianHammer. You should post a pic of your Haby (and I dig the fact that when I type "Haby", auto-correct wants to make it "Baby")

    To answer your question about the Brooks. I wouldn't say the material is rough, but it definitely holds you in place as you ride. With the leather B-17 I could adjust my position as I rode by simply sliding fore or aft. With the Cambium, there is no sliding. You have to lift off the saddle, reposition, and sit down again. But I don't get the sense that the material is rough enough to damage your shorts or create any excess chafing.

    For a rain bike, I think I'd go with a Cambium if you find it comfortable.
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    Well, I've taken the plunge and removed the shifter paddle for the absent front derailleur. I'm committed to the 1X10 now.

    I'm still running the 40t ring up front, but today I've been experimenting with different cogs to make the best cassette for my kind of riding. I've put together a 12/30 that's basically a corncob with a few dump-out gears to ward against unexpected headwinds.

    12/13/14/15/16/17/19/22/26/30

    We'll see how it goes.

    Update: Not so well. After trying a few different permutations, Iíve settled on:

    12/13/15/16/17/19/21/23/26/30

    Iíll try a shake-out ride tomorrow to see if itís running better.

    Update #2: Success. Fairly smooth through the gears. No ratcheting in 12 or 30. Not bad for an ersatz 1X10. And I decided to swap the C-19 for the Honey B-17 it had previously.

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